September 19, 2011

Elizabethtown Downs Spartans in Monday Tilt

YORK, Pa. – The York College women's soccer team hosted the Elizabethtown in a non-conference tilt that ended in a 2-0 victory for the Blue Jays.  The Spartans fell to 1-5 overall while the Blue Jays advanced to 4-1-1 overall.

The Elizabethtown offense proved dangerous throughout the first half. The Blue Jays pelted the Spartan net by taking 11 shots with three making their way to Spartan goalkeeper, Sarah Spanarkel. Bent but not broken, the Spartan defense held and the game went into half time tied at 0-0.

The Blue Jays came into the second half eager to find the back of the Spartan net, and it did not take long. Laura Wingert centered a corner kick to teammate Ashley Landis who was able to slip a shot into the Spartan net to give the Blue Jays' a 1-0 lead in the 47th minute.

The Spartans looked for the equalizer, as they recorded four shots in the second half, however none were on goal. Defensively, they also took a much more aggressive stand, keeping the Blue Jays to only able to send seven attempts toward Spanarkel.

In the 87th minute, the Blue Jays were able to get Taylor Kreider the ball as she streamed up the left side of the field. She centered the ball to teammate Alyssa Koplin who put the ball into the back of the net, giving the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead.

The game ended with the Blue Jays out shooting the Spartans 18-4 with a 5-0 lead in shots on goal. Spanarkel came up with three saves for the Spartans while Jess Manchak captured the shutout for the Blue Jays.

The Spartans return to action this Wednesday, September 21, as they travel to Messiah to take on the Falcons in a non-conference tilt. Game time from Grantham, Pa. is slated for 7:00 pm.

Dani Bock photo courtesy of Theresa Dark - York College (Pa.) athletic communications student-photographer

Game recap written by Alexis Pierce - York College (Pa.) athletic communications practicum student